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QuakeCon 2012: Oculus Rift, Rise Of The Triad, BYOC Gaming, And More

Alienware Loves QuakeCon

The Alienware booth always has a lot going on, including giveaways and mini tournaments. The company didn't have any new hardware to discuss this year, but it's always nice to see the boutique PC makers out in force at LAN events.

Plantronics: Top-Secret Products

Plantronics has been making gaming headsets for years, but it seems to be doubling down on this division as of late. There's a new headset coming next week (we can't talk about it yet), and it's sure to be a crowd-pleaser.

In Win's H-Frame

In Win's H-Frame case debuted at CES, and was on display again at QuakeCon. The aluminum chassis features interesting hard drive bays, and it features plenty of room for any air- or water-cooled configuration you have in mind.

The BBQ Grill Mod

We made our way to the BYOC event, and the case mods did not disappoint. My favorite was this BBQ grill mod, complete with a monitor in the hood.

Bezel-Free Eyefinity

Eyefinity and 3D Vision Surround are great for gamers loaded with cash. But the bezels...oh, those pesky bezels. This guy took the panel and control board out of his Samsung monitors and bolted them on a custom mount. No bezels, no problem!

Level 10 In The Wild

This $850 Thermaltake Level 10 is a rare bird to see in the wild, especially with its custom paint job. The owner also built the small Batman case to his right.

The Smartest Man At QuakeCon

You can only eat so much pizza from Domino's before barfing, so swing by DuneCat's snack bar at B26! He even has his own Web-based inventory system.

The Heart of QuakeCon's BYOC

This is what makes QuakeCon tick. The backbone, provided by AT&T, connects QuakeCon to the outside world, and connects the gamers within to whatever games and servers they desire.

...And The Soul Of The BYOC

...and right next to the backbone? A Bawls and Captain Morgan slushie machine. Hilarious name aside, Bawls is the official energy drink of QuakeCon, and it goes down even smoother cut with some spiced rum.

Using a 52-Inch TV To Play Minecraft

You brought a 52-inch HDTV, and you're playing Minecraft on it? and it's not even full-screen? What a waste...

  • dannyboy3210
    Would squeezing lemon grenades give you lemonglycerin?
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  • Branden
    52" HDTV as a monitor? and still sit 2' from it? why? no wonder minecraft isn't being played fullscreen!
    a HDTV is 1920x1080 (at best, assuming it's fullHD and has no overscan), LESS resolution than my 24" 1920x1200 LCD (which is small enough to be able to see the entire screen at 2' away, and likely has better contrast ratio & response times too).
    some people have more money to spend on tech than knowledge of tech, there is one such person.
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  • seymour bodies
    Ha! That's me in pic #20. I'm the one NOT playing minecaft. ;)
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  • spookyman
    BBQ pit PC case for the win.
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  • Prey
    Rise of the Triad, yea, I remember that game, it was awesome!! shrooms mode FTW
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  • chaosgs
    Didnt go this year, kinda sad. But Quake con just isnt what it used to be with out that AMD girl there. "FIRST PERSON BRINGS ME A PAIR OF UNDER WEAR WINS A 5990" (back when it first came out).


    Antec is a great booth though. My first Quake con I changed shirts and ended up with like 16 tickets from that booth, didnt win crap lmfao.
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  • chaosgs
    I stand corrected, was a 5870.
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  • XZaapryca
    Branden52" HDTV as a monitor? and still sit 2' from it? why? no wonder minecraft isn't being played fullscreen!.
    The response time on many HDTV's is 8ms or less. If you're old or have eye strain issues, it's the perfect solution. 3x47" HDTV's FTW. YMMV
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  • Soulmachiklamo
    I have a 50 inch screen I use as pc screen myself, it's awesome to play Minecraft on it (fullscreen ofcourse)
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  • blazorthon
    XZaaprycaThe response time on many HDTV's is 8ms or less. If you're old or have eye strain issues, it's the perfect solution. 3x47" HDTV's FTW. YMMV
    Many monitors have response times that are far lower than 8ms and many HDTVs have response times that are above 8ms.
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